In this week’s Mint Hill Times

The mall might be stalled, but Mint Hill still has a lot to celebrate.

In this week’s Mint Hill Times:

  • Adam Houston reports Bain Elementary will get a completely new building by 2010; this, along with the new high school means Mint Hill will have two new schools in two years.
  • Tim Long reports Discover Mint Hill is close to a reality. The event, scheduled the Saturday before Mint Hill Madness, will show off Mint Hill’s best cultural institutions. And there’s lots (and we mean lots) of prizes they are giving away.
  • Adam Houston reports on the Chamber’s preparation for Mint Hill Madness: “We’re up to our armpits in alligators,” Madness man Jack Bryan said.
  • Tim Long reports coach Mike Newsome liked what he saw in Butler’s victory over North Meck last week: “The defense was dominant,” Newsome said.
  • Adam Houston reports Mint Hill Arts will recognize their first year in the Grace building by publishing a book.
  • Great pics from Matthews Alive
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Madison coach: Let’s play in Atlanta

The Tallahasee Democrat reports Madison Coach Frankie Carroll tried to get Independence to move the game to a Saturday and to meet half way:

Carroll said he spoke with Independence head coach Tom Knotts about other alternatives, but Knotts told him the final decision was out of his hands. “Playing on Saturday was OK with him, and we were fine with that,” Carroll said. “I told him we could meet in Atlanta and play in a corn field.”

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Ride with the MHFD on a call

The Mint Hill Fire Department made this video of what it looks like from inside the truck as they head toward a house fire. Notice the time it took them to get to the house in Ashe Plantation: a little over four minutes. That’s some serious driving.

Mint Hill Engine 1 during emergency traffic on the way to a structure fire”

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Patriots cancel trip to Florida

[singlepic=80,80,160,,left]Patriot Nation won’t take the show to Florida this week because tropical storm Hanna looms in the Atlantic and threatens the Southeast. Independence was scheduled to play Madison County High, the reigning Florida 2A champion. Head coach Tom Knotts said when the trip was announced the Patriots looked forward to playing Madison County, and the team always look for a challenge.

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Softball champs honored at halftime

The 2007-08 Butler state softball champs were honored Friday at halftime of the North Meck football game. The state title is the third in a row for the Lady Bulldogs, and they won more than 50 games in a row. It’s the best run ever for a high school fast pitch softball team.

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Mecklenburg County and the flood

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Three years almost to the day that Katrina hit New Orleans, the remnants of Hurricane Fay pounced Mecklenburg County with rain. Northern Meck was hit hard, so were the Cavalier Apartments on Monroe Road. Residents were evacuated the morning of August 27 to the East Meck High School gym. The county handled the situation with efficiency and professionalism. It was afterward, when some residents were told their county-bought flood insurance did not get processed in time, that trouble began.

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